Calendars are on sale for half price this month, and there are lots of calendars with great photos of penguins. I did penguins four years ago and found great info and a webcam on the internet when I did a search.
One activity that I found worked great was to introduce my theme with two penguin storybooks, one fact one fiction, and discuss the differences they noticed. We did a KWL chart on penguins and I printed their questions on ice floes in a big blue ocean bulletin board. As we discovered the answers in our work, we'd print the answer on a penguin shape (on the white part) and put him on the floe. For our windup I remember making "krill"... tuna, mayo, and tiny shrimp - we ate it on a cracker.
We learned about many different kinds of penguins (Macaroni was the favorite but Little Blue was close), and located their homes on a globe. None live in North America - they're strictly a southern hemisphere phenomenon. But it might be possible to arrange a visit from a touring zoo. We had penguin mascots - the stuffed toys are not expensive - and lots of penguin stickers are available!
There are lots of crafts around as well - penguins on toilet paper rolls, puppets using white paper bags, penguin eggs - my class just loved their penguin unit, and parents tell me after all this time their kids still love to find a penguin in a storybook, to learn new info, or get a stuffed penguin - and they're in grade 5 now! Hope you enjoy your unit.
Students present "Tacky the Penguin" by Helen Lester.... You will find it at http://teachers.net/lessons/posts/1129.html Make a copy for each student. Hi-lite the students part, helps them know when to speak. Ahead of time I would have students make Penguins by decorating empty toilet paper rolls, pattern at http://www.dltk-kids.com/t/animals/bpenguin.html Have finished penguins sitting around the room. I would have students read Penguin Pete series books or any penguin books in your library and for chapter reading “Mr. Popper's Penguin's”. (we are about half way, students love it) There is a great pattern at www.AtoZTeacherStuff.com I think it was under printables. Make a penguin book. You will find a pattern for a cover, page with lines, and a page without lines. http://www.billybear4kids.com/TinyTi...PenguinUC.html also has a cute penguin book. Students might write a poem in their book or tell something about penguins. Our students are also going to copy a penguin poem on one page. The poem we are putting on one page of out Penguins books is: Five Little Penguins Dressed in Black... Five little penguins, dressed in white and black. Waddle, waddle forward and waddle right back! Five little penguins, in a funny pose, They are wearing their evening clothes. Their suits are black and their vest are white. They waddle to the left and they waddle to the right. They stand on the ice and they look very neat, As they waddle along on their ten little flat feet. One page will have the penguin’s facts (we will read together). One page will have a story problem. Example: 2 big penguins and 2 small penguins were eating krill. How many penguins were eating krill? And I will put four or five other 3+4 = ____ 5+2=___ and etc on the page We are going to do the work sheet "A Penguin Grows Up" But I don't know where I found it either. I am going to buy sugar cookies, the cheapest big round ones I can find. A can of chocolate frosting and a can of white frosting. Make an upside down V White for the penguin’s tummy; Cover the rest of the cookie with Chocolate frosting, wings. Add a chocolate cookie for the head. A red M and M for the mouth, and brown M and M's for the eyes, or you can use chocolate chips, or raisins for eyes, Pineapple tidbits or candy corn, for the beak, and feet. Students will decorate the cookies, as a fun project. Share a cookie, (have the cookie in a zip bag) a toilet paper penguin, and penguin book with your visitor. I would have a paper sack for her to put her penguins in. Take a brown sack, turn down the top to the inside --3 inches, punch holes in the top (2 on each side about 4 inches between holes, depends on the size of sack you use) and make handles, with cord. (like bags you buy). Paste a picture of a penguin on the bag. Or just buy a bag at a dollar store. We are in the middle of our penguin unit now. During recess we are going to have penguin races. Use plastic Easter Eggs. Put feet together and carry the eggs on the top of our feet like the father penguin, to a marked line and return to the start. Students get to keep the surprise inside. A piece of bubble gum. Eggs I'll save and use again next year. www.littlegiraffes.com has lots of cute penguin ideas
We are starting our penguin unit this week so I am very interested in what other have done with penguins. I was trying to think of a fun project for them to do at home with all the fun facts that they are learning. Does anyone have a fun take home project on penguins? Thanks!
Does anyone have a report form that you have used for penguins? I would also like my students to do a report on the different kinds of penguins and was wondering if someone already has one made. Thanks in advance!
We always make a penguin necklace out of plaster of paris in a greased spoon with a paper clip inserted in the top to put ribbon in. We use permanent markers to draw on the penguin features, beak, feet, and wings. Kids LOVE them and wear them all the time!
After researching penguins and writing a report my students make life size penguins out of craft paper. We put them up in the hall with a card the kids write with facts on them. They look so cute. We mount them with the feet by the floor so the rest of the school can see how tall they really are. We label it March of the Penguins.
I have a report form to help the children organize their report. I also had athem take a piece of paper and divide it into 4 squares. They had to search for information to meet the criteria for each paragrapgh. This helped them stay on track with the main idea and not include information that didn't go with the topic sentence.
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I also do the life size penguin art project. My students label their penguin with signs and also complete a 4 paragrapgh report. I post theselife size penguins in the hall with the reports and a title "Penguins on Parade" I separate them into cold weather and warm weather penguins.
We're going to do pop bottle penguins with 2 liter bottles. Paint with black acrylic paint (not tempura) Decorate with wing beak feathers...
We are attaching the reports to the belly. ADORABLE!
These are the report pages that Weezer posted about.
I've been working on my unit and had a few new ideas to share.
I'm using Mr. Popper's penguins as a read aloud. So, to introduce the unit I am going to receive a box (with air holes) from the office. It will have a letter from Admiral Byrd (this is how Mr. Popper got his penguins) , the novel, and 2 stuffed penguins. It will also include everything for 2 take home literacy bags on penguins. Each will contain a stuffed penguin, penguin stories, a journal, disposable camera for kids to take a picture with their penguin at home, and some penguin activity pages, coloring pages, and a board game I found on line. Also, a small snack bag of goldfish crackers to share with the penguin. I really think this is going to be great!
I also bought some plastic "penguin" eggs. I'll use these for spelling, and math activities.
We are also doing penguin journals. The first page will be a KWL chart. Each day they will record any new penguin facts that they learned, just like a real scientist. We can also add drawings and stuff.
Any other ideas for penguins?